The Adventures at the Tata Literature Live

Jaibala/ November 24, 2016/ Musings, Sponsored/ 26 comments

An event that covers world literature spanning over 4 days, seems like a true wonderland to me. But Tata literature live with its 130 writers spanning innumerable genres and from over 15 countries made this wonderland seem real. The maxim “Literature has no Language” was brought to life in these four days.

(For details of the authors and the programs please visit the Tata Literature live website. )


The opening ceremony that began with Shashi Tharoor and Amitav Ghosh gave me the first evidence that I was Dorothy who had long left Kansas behind. It was also the precursor of everything to follow.


Talks covering a wide variety of subjects opened up new themes and topics for writing. I could never have thought of perpetual growth as a machine that was not in our control, or the superficial political and deep rooted linguistic divisions that mapped out our country’s geography. Though the conservative and liberal divide did not surprise me, what did was the fluidity the arguments posed to our entire understanding f conservative and liberal as terms.

I heard about how easy and hard it was to write pieces of dissent and yet people talk about writing as a form of healing and Bibliotherapy, such varied perspectives on being affected or unaffected by what is actually happening around you.  Using the surroundings, as a character in your writing, or just a mere tool to tell your story was a choice writers made on daily basis. And having a ear for the character, the story or the audience was a small struggle that every novel posed to its writer.

A piece of writing was a balancing act between the audience, the writer and the medium was actually a profound revelation of sorts because most of the times we never consider the third leg of the stool. That ideas don’t need judgement only observation is a lesson we all probably need to learn and the fact that a person should never be judged on his actions but circumstances is what we need to practice.

For all the lessons I learned, the most important one I take back is there is no right or wrong way to write anything. Classical rules and definitions were made up long after writing was actually born, so its perfectly alright to be the exception to the rule rather than spending your entire life conforming to it.

The post will be incomplete without talking about two things. One, the venues NCPA and Prithvi Theatre added to the fairy tale of the Tata Literature Live. The hospitality was amazing and the play even more so. Second, Gulazar Saab. The sheer brilliance of the man, who writes lyrics like Beedi Jalaile and poetry that is magical at is very being with equal eloquence, cannot be described in words. I would not want to try even, it is something that needs to be felt and heard.

I am leaving you with some images of the days.

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I know one post is not enough to cover the magic of those four days and I plan to write more posts as and when I can. For now I just want to say Tata Literature live left me with a feeling of being in my own Rosaggio.

I attended the Tata Literature Live as part of Team Blogchatter who were the official Blogging Partners for the event. The Other members of the team were Rohan Kachalia, Kala Ravi, and Omkar Jadhav. All Images are one of ours i.e. Kala, Rohan,Omkar or Jaibala.

About Jaibala

Academically a Microbiologist, I am a Web Columnist for popular magazines and websites, Freelance Writer and a Blogger. Words define me and writing and reading compete to be the love of my life. My biggest belief is that there is something good in everything and I always looks to highlight the best in things. Creative writing is my forte.You can reach me by dropping a mail at


  1. This sounds like so much fun. I always thought that lit fests are boring. Glad you had fun.
    Soumya recently posted…Action Replay: November 2016My Profile

    1. You know, it was amazing and I would have loved to have your company for it. We need to make it to one lit fest together all of us.

  2. I was following you virtually at the event. Loved the way your covered it. And this post is just a proof of how good it was ! Thanks for sharing.
    Atulmaharaj recently posted…Can India actually become a cashless economy ?My Profile

    1. Thank You so much Atul, and glad you think I did justice to the event coverage 🙂

  3. Few experiences in life are for a lifetime. They change you in a magical way. This seems one such experience,Jai. It must have been sheer joy to listen to Gulzar. Thank you for sharing your experience and making us a part of it. 🙂
    Ramya Rao recently posted…Me,Myself & IMy Profile

    1. Yes, I could never get tired of listening to Gulzaar Saab speak. Never. Such experiences do change you Ramya 🙂

  4. Did see the pics posted on Facebook. A great opportunity and event indeed!!!! And great minds in one place.. wow

    1. It was an amazing experience 🙂 Thank You Ramya

  5. A wonderful short recap Jai! It was exactly as you said it, a wonderland brought to life, one that no one would want to leave. Also, I so agree with the fact that one blog post can never sum up this festival. I think I will also revisit the festival in a series of posts! 🙂
    Omkar Jadhav recently posted…A Literature Festival that has no Limit. Tata Literature Live! 2016My Profile

    1. Great Omkar looking forward to read your posts. Thank You so much.

  6. I saw some Tweets during those 4 days. It looks like an amazing event for the enthusiasts…the presence of celebrities in their own right was sure to make it worthwhile!

    1. Yes I agree Alok. It was sure an amazing event.

  7. I had covered the tata Lit meet in Kolkata last year and realized that one of the best things that these meets do is widen your horizon and helps you to express yourself in a better way and fearlessly. As they say there is no right and wrong when you write . Will look for more.
    Anindya Sundar Basu recently posted…How often can you hear 100 pipers playing together?My Profile

    1. Yes, Anin I agree it just helps to see things from a different perspective. Thank You so much.

  8. Thanks Jaibala for sharing your experience at the festival so beautifully ?

    1. Thank You so much Jayaa 🙂

  9. A person should never be judged on his actions but circumstances is what we need to practice. So rightly said Jai. This was truly a life changing event in one or more ways.
    Rohan Kachalia (@rohank01) recently posted…Enjoy your drive with the All New Toyota EtiosMy Profile

    1. It was, Rohan. I will never look at writing the same way again, or people for that matter 🙂

  10. I love the points you encapsulated Jai, and I hope to read more about some of the sessions soon. It sounds like a truly enriching experience!

    1. Yes, I hope to be able to pen those down soon. Thanks Jini,it was a life changing experience.

  11. Exciting, fun and enriching! You all were so fortunate to be a part of it! Thank you for sharing it with us:)

    1. It was a great experience Mayuri, and I hope to be a part of many more such events, and hopefully meet you soon 🙂

  12. Like we agreed, this was one life-changing event for us Jai! I am so glad we were in this together, partners in rhyme! Cheers to more such events.
    Kala recently posted…Trailing #TataLitLive2016My Profile

    1. It was, and yes Partner in Rhyme cheers to more such events 🙂

  13. Seems like it was a once-in-a-blue moon opportunity and you all seem to have made the most of it.
    I really like your take back from it – there is no right or wrong way, but just a willingness to write better than you did before
    Seems recently posted…‘Amma’ MiaMy Profile

    1. It was a great opportunity. And yes I realised the only bar we have to raise is the one we set ourselves.

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